Thursday, October 29, 2015

Can a Shot in The Vagina Change Your Life?

Integrated Women's Wellness had an exciting month this month! An important new service has been added to our Center's array of services for women: Platelet Rich Plasma injections (also known as the O-Shot). And yes, it does go you-know-where. Stop cringing. Don't revolt just yet.

Many people are unfamiliar with the what and the why of PRP and have never heard of either PRP (used in various ways, in various areas of the body), or the O-Shot. Up until a couple of months ago, we hadn't either. As a doctor (Glen) and midwife (myself) we have heard time and time again from women struggling with the pain and/or frustration due to sexual problems. Statistically, we know that only a small percentage of women will actually talk about their sexual problems with their care provider (though as a woman and a midwife, I feel more women are much more open with me about sensitive issues such as this). The reasoning behind women being hesitant or resistant in bringing up any sexual dysfunction is multi-faceted: 1) It can be embarrassing. Sex is personal. Relationships and feelings are personal. Talking about your vagina and subjecting your body to be examined- even when needed- can be difficult. I know I sure hate being on the patient side! 2) With the exception of short-term hormone replacement, there are few proven treatment options. Both provider and patient would be discouraged by discussing a problem that has no proven solution- so often times it doesn't get brought up by patient or provider. 3) If indeed hormones are already being used as treatment (or the woman is pre-menopausal), the only solution, per the official recommendation of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, is considered to be psycho-social therapies. 4) For problems with stress urinary incontinence, surgery is often the treatment. Surgery is serious business, with the risk of complications to be considered.

So, what is PRP? It's a specific procedure using blood-derived growth factors to rejuvenate the vagina, and the treatment of urinary incontinence and various sexual problems. It involves drawing a small amount of blood from the patient, spinning it down to separate the plasma that is rich in platelets, and then using this as an injection into the vagina and clitoris. Yes, I just said that. And no, it's not as bad as it sounds. We have, and utilize, numbing cream.

On the first day of doing PRP, Glen had a full day of doing PRP injections. The indications for PRP varied from each patient, including pain with sex, inability to achieve orgasm, vaginal dryness, and stress urinary incontinence. So far, the results have been significant! 

PRP and the O-Shot has been in national news and magazines, hyped up on television and in's now available at Integrated Women's Wellness and changing lives. Though, unlike the cover headlines of Cosmo and other magazines touting it as "Hollywood's new sex trend..." and the "treatment for female impotence," the fact of the matter remains that this non-invasive, all-natural treatment is truly helping women restore sexual function and is treating urinary incontinence.

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